Office in Military Science Building, Room 204
(970) 491-6476

Colonel Timothy W. Childress, USAF, Professor of Aerospace Studies

Air Force ROTC

The mission of the Air Force ROTC program is to develop and produce quality leaders for the Air Force. Enrollment is open to any student attending the University on a full-time basis. The curriculum provides the individual with a firm understanding of the concepts of aerospace power and the Air Force mission, organization, and operation.

Enrollment in AFROTC is voluntary and accomplished through the fall and spring registration periods. Scholarships are available in many academic disciplines on a competitive basis. Approximately one-half of the students hold scholarships. Depending on the semester, approximately one-quarter of the cadet corps consists of women. Almost all Air Force career fields are open to women, including pilot positions.

General Program

The four-year program consists of the General Military Course (GMC) during the freshman and sophomore years and the Professional Officer Course (POC) for the remaining two years of college. Enrolled students are referred to as cadets.  Compressed options may be available for students starting after their freshman year. Four-year cadets participate in a two-week field training period during the summer between their sophomore and junior years. Students may enroll in the Aerospace Studies courses for credit or to earn a minor; however, they are not considered members of Air Force ROTC.


Air Force ROTC offers college students scholarships to pay for up to $18,000 tuition, most fees, and $900 per year for books. In addition, all cadets on scholarship receive a nontaxable monthly allowance during the academic year. Currently, the monthly amount is $300 for freshmen increasing each year up to $500 for seniors. The program is open to college freshmen and sophomores in any major.

Summer Programs

Air Force ROTC offers many summer programs to take advantage of. Before completing the ROTC program all cadets must complete field training, which is a rigorous two-week program involving physical conditioning, weapons training, and survival training. But more than that field training is an opportunity to develop your skills as both a leader and team member. In addition to field training, cadets may choose to participate in other experiences and you will be able to tell your friends that you did something truly amazing. These summer programs include: freefall parachuting, advanced engineering, NASA research, nurse orientation, cultural and language immersion programs, and several others. In addition to the experience of a lifetime, you will receive travel to and from the location, room and board, and daily training pay.

Active Duty Obligation

There is no active duty obligation for enrolling in either the freshman or sophomore AFROTC courses. Cadets who complete the Air Force ROTC program and receive a commission incur a minimum four-year, active duty commitment. Pilots, Combat System Operators, and Air Battle Managers serve additional commitments from the time they complete their training.

Minor in Aerospace Studies

The minor in Aerospace Studies is offered to any student completing the course of study listed below. In addition to studying Air Force organizations, missions, and operations, the student will gain a broad perspective of the military in general by studying the history of all Department of Defense Services and completing at least one Army ROTC course, thus emphasizing our country’s focus on “joint” military operations.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Lower Division
AS 101Heritage and Values of the US Air Force I1
AS 102Heritage and Values of the US Air Force II1
AS 201Air Force Team & Leadership Fundamentals I1
AS 202Air Force Team & Leadership Fundamentals II1
Select one course from the following:2-3
Introduction to the Army
Foundations of Agile and Adaptive Leadership
Leadership and Decision Making
Army Doctrine and Team Development
Upper Division
AS 301Leading People and Effective Communication I3
AS 302Leading People and Effective Communication II3
AS 333Operational Air Force Writing2
AS 401National Security Affairs/Active Duty I3
AS 402National Security Affairs/Active Duty II3
MLSC 357/HIST 357The American Military Experience3
Program Total Credits:23-24